There’s clearly a British Invasion going on these days, with a seemingly endless stream of new emerging artists and bands from the U.K. making awesome music (in addition to the hundreds of long established ones like Coldplay, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, etc.). I’ve previously reviewed several musicians from the U.K., so was pleasantly surprised to discover yet another one – Mosley Bar – when they tweeted me their new EP Another Record Sleeve, which dropped on April 18. I took a listen to the four tracks and liked them instantly.
Given the huge number of new bands breaking into the music scene, it’s easy for many to get lost in the crowd, but Mosley Bar has something special. This four-member band from Northwest England plays some really exceptional alternative indie rock, which is all the more amazing given their youth – all are in their late teens! They wield their guitars with abandon, knocking out riffs that are sonically hard-hitting, yet captivating. And their song lyrics are fairly simple but authentically mature.
Formed in 2015, the band is comprised of Ryan Ward (guitar/lead vocals), Matthew Wright (drums), Tim Williams (bass/vocals) and Adam Eccleston on guitar. They cite as some of their music influences the Arctic Monkeys, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Two Door Cinema Club, Circa Waves and The Libertines. While incorporating some of those influences, Mosley Bar are developing a style all their own.
The band released their stellar debut single “Record Sleeve” in October 2015, which quickly received airplay on BBC6 Music, and in January 2016, the band was invited to play The BBC Introducing stage for BBC Radio Lancashire. This compelling rock song has incredible guitar work, with layer upon layer of melodic riffs over an awesome bass line. Ward’s smoldering vocals give the song a vibe so mesmerizing that I found myself replaying it over and over, wondering how such amazing music could come from teens.
The band dropped their second single “Risk” in April 2016. This exuberant song storms out of the gate and keeps the pace at full speed with shredded guitars and pulse-pounding drums. In this track you can hear Catfish and the Bottlemen influences.
The EP features two other tracks, “Rendezvouz” and “The World and I,” both excellent. My only criticism with Another Record Sleeve is that it contains only four songs. They’re so good I wish there were four more! Mosley Bar has incredible potential that I’m certain will be realized as they continue to grow and make more awesome music.